Programs And Courses

Surgical Technologist

Surgical Technologist

Learn more about our Surgical Technologist Associate Degree program and Credit Certificate program.


How do I enroll in the program?

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARCSTSA) accredit this program.


Where does HACC hold classes?

HACC offers programs at the Harrisburg Campus. You can take some required courses at other campuses and sites and on-line.  Clinical externships can be completed in health care facilities throughout our service area, including Lancaster, York, Lebanon and Gettysburg.


What are the required courses?

Download Required Courses (pdf, rev 5/12).


How much does the program cost?

Download Estimated Expenses (pdf, rev 5/14).


Program effectiveness data

  • Five-year program completion rate —76%
  • Program performance on national board exam (five years) —94%
  • Job placement —91%


How do I apply for clinicals?

Admission to HACC does not guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program. You will be admitted as a pre-surgical technology student. You will need to work with your advisor to apply to the clinical/core component of the program.

Complete your fall 2015 clinical application online using Survey Monkey (deadline May 15). Interviews will be held May 26 and 27.


What degree will I earn? Will I be eligible for credentials?

You will either receive a certificate or an associate in science degree, depending on your choice of program. The main difference between these programs is that there are no general education credits with the certificate.

At this time it seems that employers do not recognize the difference and there is no difference in pay. The national organization is supporting/encouraging the associate level of preparation.

You can join the national membership organization for surgical technology (AST). You will be required to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) examination prior to graduation. Graduation is not dependent upon passing the NBSTSA exam. 

Certification provides evidence to employers, colleagues and the general public you meet national standards. It is often a condition of employment, a route to higher pay and a source of nationwide recognition.


Where can I get more information?

Download Frequently Asked Questions (pdf, rev 7/2/14).


Who can I contact for more information? 

Health Careers
717-780-1988 or 800-222-4222, ext. 211988  

Surgical Tech Program Office 
HACC Harrisburg Campus Blocker Hall, Room 106 
One HACC Drive 
Harrisburg, PA 17110